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I have now completed my ambition to cross an entire country by bicycle. Latvia was chosen for a few reasons, firstly it is fairly flat and seems set up for bicycles unlike this country and secondly the distance is not too far. I was not at my best physically with tennis elbow in my left arm and a strained ligament in my left knee amongst other issues. This made it a lot harder but I did have plenty of daylight hours to make each part of the journey. I encountered rain, snow storms and some sun.

Saturday – Day 1
Flew to Riga (Latvia capital) 2h 45min
Hired bicycle
Stayed at hotel Ekes Konvents
Sunday – Day 2
Caught train North to Valga (Estonia, on the Latvia border) 3h 22min
Stayed at hotel Metsis
Monday – Day 3
Cycled back across the border from Valga (Estonia) to Valka (Latvia) and on to Valmiera 51km (31 miles)
Stayed at hotel Wolmar
Tuesday – Day 4
Cycled to Sigulda 62km (38 miles)
Stayed at hotel Segevold
Wednesday – Day 5
Cycled to Riga 52km (33 miles)
Stayed at hotel Hanza
I have booked to see 'Messiah' at the Latvia National Opera
Thursday – Day 6
Cycled to Jelgava 48km (29 miles)
Stayed at hotel Zemgale
Friday – Day 7 
Cycled to Bauska 46km (28 miles)
Stayed at hotel Bauska
Saturday – Day 8
Cycled to Lithuanian border and back 32km (20 miles)
Transport back to Riga, no trains so had to be bus (with bicycle) 67km (41 miles)
Returned bicycle to hire shop
Stayed at hotel Hanza
Sunday – Day 9
Stayed at hotel Hanza
City tour by bus (hop on, hop off)

Monday – Day 10
Flew home 2h 50min
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